It has been a very “green” year at Broadneck High School, culminating with a student-run beach clean-up at Sandy Point State Park on June 5, organized by rising senior Brynn Bogarde.
“[Bogarde] has always been passionate about environmental issues, but has kicked it up several notches the past couple of months,” said Nancy Bourgeois, science teacher and co-moderator of the BHS Eco Action Team.
In Apriil, Bogarde attended the Baltimore Aquarium Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, where she developed an action plan which included the beach cleanup and organizing support to remove Styrofoam trays from Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She testified at the Anne Arundel County Council meeting June 4 about the ban on Expanded Polystyrene, in an attempt to persuade AACPS to remove the trays.
For the cleanup, she contacted students from Broadneck National Honor Society, Eco-Action team, and other service clubs, and over 40 students joined her. The students spent most of the two hours picking up trash such as plastic bottles, cups, and fishing line lodged among the rocks at the park.
Prizes were awarded for the most trash pickup, as well as a student who won “coolest” trash find, which was a pool float. Bogarde was recently elected president of the Eco Action Team for the 2018-19 school year. Some of her plans for the group include a composting project for the school, as well as expanding the school’s greenspace.
Matt Bem, science teacher and Eco Action Team co-moderator at BHS said, “Her passion for environmental action is not only intense, it is infectious, and has inspired students and adults alike to join in on her projects.”
Eco Action team hosted 2 Environmental Services Day this year, collecting and properly disposing of paints, and e-waste and recycling eye glasses and sneakers. It also maintained a community partnership with Goshen Farm. The students work with them for several hours each week doing projects such as hydroponics, composting, and invasive species management.
Bem also coaches the BHS Envirothon Team which is a national competition. Students train and are tested on their environmental aptitude in a variety of challenges, ranging from forestry, soils, aquatics and wildlife.
The local competition takes place at Arlington Echo Environmental Education Center.
“This year we were thrilled to placed second overall in the Anne Arundel County competition, which was a significant accomplishment, as we only began competing as a school two years ago,” Bern said. “I could not be more proud of the members of the team.
In addition, Broadneck’s signature program, Environmental Literacy is going strong: two classes have completed several "green" projects and a group of Advanced Placement Environmental Studies students presented at the State Watershed Summit in May.
AACC Community Yard Sale Rescheduled
Anne Arundel Community College’s 16th Annual Big Community Yard Sale has been rescheduled to June 16. GaylaPhillips, event coordinator, said “Everything imaginable will be bought and sold, including household and houseware items, large and small furniture, baby and children’s toys and equipment, jewelry, clothing for all, garden items, tools, golf accessories, glassware, antiques and collectibles, books, hidden treasures and more.”